Friday, April 30, 2010

Don't worry, no permanent damage done

Today in Typography, I began to live. There was a lot of firsts this week, but after I had my first truffle living finally began! To celebrate this, I took a nice walk in the place where lives end with Jamie and Gizmo. The weather was perfection. After walking around the cemetery for a while, we walked down to the park and Gizmo demonstrated how good he can be when he tries. He also showed a little girl how mean he can be when he tries too. I can't say I was that mad at him for barking at that little girl, though. After I took him down the slide, she came over with the relentless goal of petting my lovely puppy. Of course, Gizmo wasn't having that. For all he knew, that little girl could have been trying to kill me! And maybe he should have. Despite his ferocious barking, she still was reaching her hand up to him. Do we really need that kind of stupidity in the world? I know what you're thinking I'm being cruel and not giving a young lass a fair chance to grow up into an intelligent, productive adult. But her mother sat by and watched this exchange and did nothing so I have to assume there's not much chance for that family to succeed in the world. ;)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Take it EZ



Got up late and decided I wasn't going to care if I was late. I was going to try to take it easy on myself. I was only ten minutes late and I didn't really do that great of a job of taking it easy on myself. I start out every quarter thinking that this quarter will be easier than the last, but it seems to be that I'm perpetually running like a chicken with its head cut off. And boy, my legs are tired. Thank God the weather is turning around! :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rawhide

There has been a LongHorn restaurant in our local shopping complex for a couple years now. It's the youngest restaurant in the area, but it didn't get there yesterday. Tonight was my very first visit to our LongHorn and to a LongHorn restaurant in general. My mom has gone there a lot of times and when I've asked her what it was like, she's told me it was nice inside. I took from that that the interior was upscale. Not fancy, but at least a lot less kitchy than the Texas Roadhouse. My point here is? My imagination did not adequately prepare me for reality. I'm not saying that it wasn't nice. It was nice. But it's like an upscale hunting lodge or ranch or something. I felt like I had stepped out of Millville and into an amusement park themed restaurant. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it. The food was good and the blackberry mojito was yummy. Overall a superb restaurant experience! Bravo LongHorn!

Wide eyed and bushy tailed

Yesterday it was pouring a whole zoo worth of animals. Today it was a lot nicer. And luckily, the seat I sat down at had a clean enough window for me to get a half decent photo. You can tell the people who ride the train all the time versus the people who are on their for the first time. New riders look out the window over the bridge with a wide eyed appreciation of how pretty the view is. Frequent riders barely look up from their cellphones. I try not to become of those people. I've been on that train two times a day most of the week since October so I could easily become one of the people that doesn't notice how pretty the trip can be. So, I try to look up. I try to look around. I try to keep my eyes fresh. Try to look at things with new eyes. Some days it's harder than others.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This is my nightmare

Last night I had a dream. I don't remember everything that happened, but the thing I remember most was my mother calling the school and telling someone that I wasn't going to be able to come in because she had to take me to the ER. Why? Because I had such a severe headache. Then I woke up with a ridiculously severe headache. It was a beast. I'm not going to complain about it, though. I'm just going to leave it at that. I bitched enough in my post yesterday. I survived and I did not go to the ER. Amen.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A post for you to ignore completely

You'll never believe what I got up to today! It was terribly exciting. I did homework! Basically ALL day! I was talking with Jamie about how lame the break between quarters was. I've come to realize that in the time span that "most" colleges are doing one midterm and one final, I'm doing two midterms and two finals. I've really got my work cut out for me. I never have time to do anything except my work. It sucks to work so much and so hard and miss out on seeing everyone. Even when I do have time, I don't have the money to do anything. And all the confusion with financial aid and student loans and FAFSA and all this mess is really a drag lately. It's really bringing me down. Everything takes too long and costs too much. I just had a vacation, but it was probably not the wisest time to take a vacation. When I got back from Florida, I needed a vacation from my vacation. haha I'm so ready for June to be here. Especially June weather! This shit we've had lately is ridiculous.

Alright. That's enough. I'm going to stop whining like a baby. Just a little vent session. I do realize how lucky I am to be able to do what I'm doing so forgive my weak moments. Furthermore, I'm glad to find out who my real friends are. And I'm so appreciative to have friends that understand and support what I'm doing. You know who you are! Love you guys!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I saw a movie.

Worked, worked, worked and then I went to a movie. In the movie, the two main characters went on a date and it was as good as farting in a shoebox. Realizing their marriage was in shambles, they went to Manhattan and did the unthinkable; stole someone's reservation. Then two guys tried to kill them for it. They escaped. Puked. And then stole a shirtless man's Audi. Then they drove around the city a lot and stripped for Jimmy MacElroy's dad. After this, they realized their marriage was pretty cool and made out.

I hope I didn't spoil anything for anyone.

Friday, April 23, 2010

It was lovely, wasn't it?




Though going to class on Friday afternoons is a pain in the ass, the weather was kind of nice. It was one of those days where I wanted to stop and take a picture of everything. The sun was just hitting everything and making it glitter and glow. Too bad most of that time was wasted commuting. Boooo

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Just face it

I haven't had very much experience at all with sculpture. At Christmas, I tried my hand at it on my own, but it didn't turn out too great. So now I have to take a sculpture class and apparently I'm not as terrible as I thought I was. We started this last week and had to finish it up tonight for a grade. We all had to leave the room while he graded everyone's work. When we returned, he had moved our sculpting tables into a line up and explained which work was the closest to what he was looking for. Mine was up with the three best in the room! And, honestly, if you had looked at the other two, you'd have to note that they looked less human then mine did. I don't mean to come off as rude or cocky, but I was pretty proud of my work. I'm definitely not letting it go to my head. I'm going to continue to work just as hard and listen closely to his instructions. I definitely don't think I'm some kind of sculpture Goddess by any means. But he gave us the option to take them home or to leave them behind, and I took mine home. It's something I sculpted that's not a complete mess! Hurray! And next week I think we're going to be sculpting the REST of her. When that fact struck her during a hair dye conversation in the ladies room, she ran out of the bathroom saying, "Ah! I can't be naked in front of you! We're friends!!!"

Monday, April 19, 2010

Congrats, L & M!

Keeping with tradition, I accompanied Nathan to another Terry Wedding. Well, that's partially true. I didn't attend the wedding part this time. I just went to the reception. If his family believed we were just friends the first Terry Wedding, they completely don't believe us now. Even going as far as one of his aunts telling him he was lying. Unfortunately, she didn't ask me. I had a great response. I was going to say, "I keep asking him, but he keeps turning me down.." and then bursting into tears. In other news, on Thursday I randomly ran into an old friend from high school while standing outside of the college on a break. And then who was unexpectedly at the reception? That same old friend! So crazy! So I got to hang out with him a lot sooner than planned! It made the whole beginning of the reception a lot less awkward. As for the reception itself? It was really nice! And Laura and Mike had some great ideas. Some people give candy and candies to their guests, but Laura and Mike gave mix CDs that they compiled including a song they recorded together. Being that Laura (and I guess Mike) has similar taste in music as me, I absolutely love the mix! It's great! They also gave away the pretty centerpieces (tulips) and a bit of Laura's glass. That doesn't make sense, but I'm not going to explain it just to be a bitch. Anyway, as always, Nathan and I were the best dancers of the night and despite the many dance competitions judged by Mike and Laura, I didn't win as I never competed. Didn't think it would be fair. I do the best Electric Slide anyone has ever seen. It's so good I feel bad doing it in front of people. It crushes souls. And also, I would have crumbled under the pressure. All in all, a pretty fun time. Too bad Nathan doesn't have anymore sisters....


ps. I finally wore the sweet tights I got for Christmas. I got so many comments and compliments on them. When I put them on, I was so stoked so I'm glad the feeling was mutual! I could not get a nice shot of them. OH WELL. I'll just have to wear them more!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's pretty. Pretty cold.

Today was such a lie. It looked gorgeous outside, but it was so windy and cold. I thought it was cold anyway. But that might have been influenced by my physical status. Really been feeling under the weather the last few days so I might be cold because I'm slowly dying....

Friday, April 16, 2010

Super special kind of asshole night



Thanks to my brain that would not stop tossing and turning things over and over and over, even my sleeping aid couldn't get me to sleepy hollow. This lead to a very fun day for me. I say that with all sarcasm. I was so exhausted I couldn't even eat. And I've gone without sleep before, but for some reason I just felt like the walking dead. Of course it was my longest day. That's the way it always works. Damn you, Murphy! You and your stupid law!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Don't mess with Texas Roadhouse

I'm not a fan of the Texas Roadhouse, but I am a fan of hanging out with my mother. So, when she invited me to come to dinner with her in support of the March of Dimes, I had two reasons why I couldn't turn down the invite. It wasn't as bad as usual. If I could block out the music, the obnoxious birthday exclamations, and the looming possibility of line dancing, it would just be like any other restaurant. I try to keep that in the back of my mind whenever crossing the thresh hold. But in all honesty, my mom is the best so I'd go to any horrible restaurant with her. I should probably not say that in writing. I might not like to follow through on that...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It's better than my ethics class, though

I hate this. It's supposed to be Zooey Deschanel. I can't find the picture I drew it from, but I think it's for the best that I not demonstrate that along with it. haha I got fed up with it not turning out how I wanted it to and just kind of finished it. That's why the hair isn't very finely tuned. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dad! (and Aunt Barbara!)

Today is my father's birthday. Today I was elected, by default, to be his favorite child. How did I get this great honor? By being the only child to text him "Happy Birthday!" on his day of days. It's the little things, people. Sometimes it really is the thought that counts.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Run, Sonic, Run



As I mentioned yesterday, Becky once swore to marry Sonic. So, naturally, I had to make her a special Sonic card for the occasion. I think it turned out pretty good. I did it really fast late the night before the 9am shower. And then I quickly scanned it onto the computer before we left at 8:30. Brutal. I'm definitely having my bridal shower at 2am just to be a bitch.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

it's raining brides!

Just got home from the bridal shower of a friend that I've had since the 4th grade! Back in those days when we were little kids, not only did I sign my name "The Great One" but Becky here was in love with Sonic the Hedgehog. And she didn't just enjoy the game. She hung up things on her wall exclaiming her love for him and claimed she was going to marry Sonic. I didn't let her forget this today at her bridal shower considering she is NOT marrying Sonic at all! I've seen and met and talked to Dave. He's nice, but can he run like Sonic? Is he best friends with a Fox with a lot of tails? Would he run around naked collecting rings all over the world for her? I don't think so! But I suppose he gave her the only ring she really wanted so Sonic is just shit outta luck. In all seriousness, Becky still the same sweet, genuine person that she ever was and she's the only person I know that has really got their life on track. She deserves it, though. She's worked really hard to get everything she has and I wish her nothing but the best! I just hope she'll sprinkle a little of that magic fairy dust she's got on her onto me!!

ps. Ever been to a bridal shower that started at 9am? That's when hers started. So brutal. Nap time now.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Flight of the Conchords for the win!

Yesterday I said I'd explain the good news I got on Thursday. Dum da da DAAA I got Best of Quarter! The above piece is the piece that got me this very splendid honor. This is a project we did in Color Theory last quarter. It's basically called a forgery. We take advertisements or pictures and try to match it as close as we can. In doing so, we learn color theory as we blend and mix colors and so on and so forth. My piece was chosen as Best of Quarter out of 31 other pieces out of two Color Theory classes. Most teachers only bring in a few from each of their classes, but Martone brought in 31. He's crazy like that. And he was extremely proud of his two classes. There was so many incredible pieces. That being said, I'm so flattered to have been chosen. I can honestly say that I did not think I would get it. I thought this other girl in my class definitely would. Definitely shocked! Apparently there's an award ceremony for all the winners and then it will hang in one of the school display cases for a while. Sweet! And since I won't be getting my work back for at least 12 weeks, I figured I'd just post this. It's the last time I saw it before break. I'm so glad I followed my gut and went with my loves, FotC! :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Oui oui yes yes

After a nice two days off, I spent my day in Philly being studious. Pretty good day. I found out some good news, but I'll post about that tomorrow! Anyway, I had my Conceptual Storytelling and Sculpture for Animation. Both classes are taught by two teachers I've previously had so it was a comfortable. Since it was our first day of sculpture, we played with clay for a while. Just to get the feel for it. That's when I created the Frenchmen, who we named Pierre. Then we had to actually do work and try to sculpt a skull. I've still got work to do on that and carried him home in a cup. It's the little things about being an art student that tickle my fancy. Like carrying a skull home in a paper cup. You don't do that everyday!

In other news, Pierre is no more. I had to demolish him. RIP Pierre.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'm not finished with you




Another beautiful, hot, sunny day in South Jersey! My brother came by for dinner and told me that I was a terrible owner to my dog because I made my black dog wear a dark blue shirt in this heat. I'll have you know, he wasn't even panting! He was fine! I don't make my dog suffer for fashion the way I do! As if I'd let him suffer. He's a huge baby because someone babied him his whole life. That I'm guilty of. Guilty as charged. :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Shermin is so fresh and so clean, clean

Not sure when the last time I got my car wash was, but I took advantage of the beautiful, warm weather and sought out a place to have it cleaned. I suppose I could have done it myself, but the place I went to only cost $6 for a wash and a wax so I'll go hungry one day at school to save myself from possibly being stung by a bee trying to wash the car in our driveway. There was people washing their cars manually at this facility, but I just couldn't. There's so many bees everywhere! It's horrible! After I got back home, I got my mother to assist in putting my cute little Nemo topper that I've had... for... months now! I hope this one lasts!!

And so it begins and it is so strange

First day of 3rd Quarter was today. Due to trouble with my schedule, the 12:30 class I had registered for didn't pan out so I only had to go to one class today from 6 to 10. And what a class it was. When you think of basic algebra naturally you think of what? Yes. Saving Private Ryan. After struggling through a preliminary test, he had us stand up and watch the battle scene on Normandy beach from Saving Private Ryan. Yes. We stood for nearly the entire 25 minute battle scene. Afterward, we filled out a survey that included questions concerning which character was the most like ourselves and what we would have done in the same situation. How does this relate to basic algebra? Well, of course it's a lesson about not being afraid of math and not giving up. When I watch graphic war movies, I always think of math so I got it right away. Furthermore, when he showed the scene from Return of the Jedi where Jabba the Hut sentence Luke, Han, and Chewbacca to their deaths through C-3PO, I wasn't at all perplexed at this strange mathematical tactic. Nope. Totally normal. Has happened in every math class I've ever attended. Same for you, right?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Don't call it a comeback

Kick Drum Heart! from jenell o'boogie on Vimeo.

Alright. I said I quit making these, but I guess I'm back. Before I start school tomorrow, I sat down and finally got around to making this video. I try to do them every 3 months and I'm right on schedule with this baby! I'm going to do another one for my Disney trip later on cause that was a super special occasion that warrants a separate fun little thing! So... here's a musical montage of the last three months of my life. I hope you're able to enjoy it as much as I did! ;)

HAPPY ZOMBIE JESUS GIANT EGG LAYING BUNNY DAY!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

boing boing boing




I love the trees on our street. They know how to celebrate spring! Sometimes their aroma is a bit strong and can even verge on a funky scent, but I've grown up with it so I rather like it. It reminds me of spring, after all!

Happy Spring!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

And it spread

I've been a chronic nail biter since I was in kindergarten and thanks to my recent interest in minimal nail art, my nails are the longest they've ever been! So, I went and got a cheap manicure at this little place in Vineland. If I could, I would have gotten them minxed, but there's no where around here that does that. Maybe there's some places in Philly. Be that as it may, it was an experience. It felt like a social experiment! I think it was worth it. My nails look good and they'll be less likely to break or be bitten by yours truly while they're all polished up nice. I probably won't make a habit of it, though. I don't have any money. I didn't even pay for this manicure. My mother suggested I go and get one after I ran all these errands for her. I'll take that kind of exchange!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Day #7 - Home on the Range



Got back to Jersey just in time for dinner with my family. I was really, really, really happy to see Gizmo, but I wasn't on top of the world about being home. But it's nice that Gizmo and Zoee were both so happy I returned. Gizmo endured the longest hug ever! I have to end this post and go and find him now.... Ciao!